Combined enrollment 142/242. This course is an exploration of the various dance styles, forms and symbols attributed to the classical societies of Western Africa. The course focuses on those dances whose origins are (historically) found in the Old Mali Empire, (i.e., Mali, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea) as well as Nigeria and Ghana. It specifically examines the dance styles of the Serer, Lebou, Djiolla, Bambara, Wolof, Sauce, Malinke, Manding, Yoruba and Twi peoples of these regions. Enrollment limited to 12.